ASTRID Guerre cognitive - Accompagnement spécifique des travaux de recherches et d'innovation défense - appel thématique Guerre cognitive

Scenarios of Potential Risks Evolution through Algorithms and Data in Sciences – SPREADS

Submission summary

SPREADS is a prospective study of the consequences of technological disruptions affecting strategic knowledge management in the era of platforms and massive infectable databases. From the perspective of cognitive wars, it explores the hypothesis of a radical sabotage of the foundations of cognition through the corruption of scientific knowledge. The vulnerability of research results increases as algorithms become more and more important in research procedures. The complexity and opacity of artificial intelligences make it possible to bias their learning by hacking into the data. SPREADS addresses this issue through the design of speculative fictions from the perspective of adversarial design (staging of measures and countermeasures). In particular, we will consider the scenario of a total cognitive war where antagonistic powers simultaneously resort to the dissemination of infectious fictions and the secrecy of scientific research.

Project coordinator

Madame Cléo Collomb (Institut du droit de l'espace et des télécommunications)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


CEA Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
IDEST Institut du droit de l'espace et des télécommunications
IP Institut Pasteur

Help of the ANR 289,440 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: December 2022 - 36 Months

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